Eagles brass eager to welcome players back




PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Fresh off a season in which they won 10 games, captured the NFC East title, and found a new franchise quarterback in Michael Vick, the Eagles were more than pleased with Monday’s news that football is back.

“In the end, both sides gave enough to get the deal done, and we can all go back to work feeling good about what was accomplished,” Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie said. “A 10-year contract is unprecedented in professional sports. By the time this contract ends, the NFL and its players will have been able to play 33 uninterrupted seasons of football.”

Philadelphia will hold training camp, as planned, at Lehigh University, with a start date still unknown.

“I’m happy that the NFL and its players can get back doing what they love to do,” Eagles coach Andy Reid said. “The coaches can get back to coaching. Players can get back to playing and we’re all pleased about that.”

Philadelphia will play host to Baltimore in the preseason opener on Aug. 11.